Horror Movies Based On Real Stories

There are a lot of movies out today that in the opening credits will say based on a real story but you have to ask are they truly based on a real story or not?  Below are just a few horror movies that were based on true stories and a I think one or two may actually surprise you.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

This movie follows the trial of the Priest after Emily Rose died during the Exorcism he performed on her.

The Amityville Horror

Many people have questioned the validity of this story, largely based on the fact that no one who has lived in the house after the Lutz family have experience anything like what they described as happened while they lived in the house.

The Conjuring

This is about paranormal investigators who tried to help a family who’s daughters were targeted by ghosts.

The Exorcist

This true story is not surprising since at the time exorcisms happened quite often at the time.  Nine priests signed the papers indicating they believed it was a true possession.

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Surprisingly this too was based on a true story.  In 1977 a group of male refugees from Cambodia began having nightmares and refused to sleep.  Some even died in their sleep.  The never found a cause and it was labeled Sudden Unexpected Death Syndrome.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

This was touted heavily as being inspired by a true story by both Tobe Hooper’s original 1974 film and the 2003 remake.  This was actually lightly based on the real-life murderer Ed Gein, who is suspected to have killed several people between 1954 and 1957.  The most recognizable similarity is the house and the gruesome content inside that was also found inside Ed Gein’s home.

The real Ed Gein would wear a human’s scalp and face but not to hide a hideous face but because he desired to be a woman.  He also wore a vest of skin complete with breasts and female genitalia strapped above his own.


5 thoughts on “Horror Movies Based On Real Stories

    1. radaronelson Post author

      No it’s not, it’s based on a real murder Ed Gein. They took his house and the fact he would wear skins of women on his body and created a movie. They created the crazy family and all that.

  1. Doggy's Style

    You can see a ressemblance between the main character of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Ed Gein. I didn’t care for the movie, the last one that is, was ridiculously funny and not in a good way, that being said, I watched it all and willingly at home lol.
    As for the others, I’m fan of both exorcisms, the Emily Rose one was a great movie and the classic one, well, a classic.
    The Conjuring was a good movie, but it needed a tragic end, not the way it did the “think on your family, happy memories” part was unnecessary, horror movies shouldn’t have a happy ending, they are horror movies anyway, I doubt people go to watch a horror movie waiting for a disney end.
    I love horror movies.

    1. radaronelson Post author

      I agree about horror but I also think it depends on your definition of a happy ending too. If you go with what you said the “disney end” then yea that shouldn’t happen but I do think which does happen in a lot of movies that it is okay when you have someone make it out alive in the end, maybe beat up, cut up, broken up, but alive. They may wish they were dead but they are alive. That doesn’t bother me. Though I think we are seeing a trend of the not so happy endings in movies today where evil wins in the end which is cool too.


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